Five Barry players named in Wales C squad

Five Barry Town players have been selected to represent Wales C in their upcoming International Challenge Match against England C.

The game on Tuesday 24 March at the Oval, home of Caernarfon Town, will be the third of its kind after England won 3-2 at Jenner Park in 2018 before a 2-2 draw was played out at Salford City’s Peninsula Stadium last year.

Mark Jones and Owain Tudur Jones have confirmed their squad for the fixture, which includes Luke Cummings, Chris Hugh, Evan Press, Clayton Green and Kayne McLaggon.

For Hugh, an ever-present at left-back this season, and McLaggon, our top scorer with 12 goals to his name, it is a third call-up after the pair were selected for the previous two games against England. Hugh started both encounters, whilst McLaggon would ultimately miss out through injury two years ago at Jenner Park before scoring in the 2-2 draw a year later. 

Meanwhile, it will be Green’s second involvement after he started at the Peninsula Stadium 12 months ago and got the assist for McLaggon’s goal.

It is a first call-up for both Cummings and Press, who have had excellent seasons in a Town shirt so far. Cummings signed for the club from Carmarthen Town last summer and has stood out for his displays at right-back, netting two goals in the process. It has been a breakthrough year for 19-year-old Press, who shone in the Europa League and scored the winning goal away to The New Saints back in September.

Congratulations to all five players!

The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The JD Cymru Premier resumes tonight as Barry Town United travel to Park Hall to face The New Saints live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a difficult start to phase two for the reigning champions, with defeats to Newtown and Connah’s Quay Nomads either side of a 1-1 draw with Bala Town leaving Scott Ruscoe’s side four points behind league leaders the Nomads. If they fail to win this evening, it would be the first time in 14 years that TNS will have gone four league games without a victory. However, they did return to winning ways in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with a 6-1 win over Newtown, as four goals from Dean Ebbe saw them progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Barry’s last outing was a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park a fortnight ago. Mo Touray capitalised on a defensive mistake to give us the lead just after the hour mark, but the Cofis equalised almost instantly when Darren Thomas scored from close range. It means that we go into tonight’s game in fourth place, seven points off Bala in third but with a game in hand.

The last meeting between Barry and TNS ended 4-1 to the Saints at Jenner Park in December, however Gavin Chesterfield’s side are unbeaten in their last two visits to Park Hall. Evan Press’ thunderbolt and some heroic defending secured a 1-0 victory in Oswestry earlier this season, whilst a 96th minute free-kick from Jonathan Hood rescued a 2-2 draw one year ago.

David Cotterill has unfortunately been ruled out on tonight’s game with a hamstring problem, whilst Clayton Green remains suspended after reaching the limit for number of yellow cards received. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain injured, but Robbie Patten, Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell all returned to the matchday squad against Caernarfon a fortnight ago and will hope to be involved again tonight.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.

Barry Town Vets Round-Up: Over 55s move top of the league

Five of the Barry Town Vets team started for Wales Over 60s in the inaugural international Tri-nations tournament in Northern Ireland

Barry Town Vets Over 55s moved to the top of the Wales Veterans O55s league with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newport on February 16.

At a very blustery Jenner Park the weather could have been a real leveller but, with Barry’s defenders Jones, Averies and Gibbins dealing with the conditions more competently, it did not take long for their midfield colleagues Huish, Gibb, Dupuy, Staddon and Murray to force the beleaguered opposition into desperate rear-guard action.

Strikers Bobbett and Hill (turning back the clock at centre forward) were a constant threat but Newport defended stubbornly and when they were breached their keeper was also defiant, expertly saving a fierce strike from Barry captain Jones. Jones was not so accurate minutes later however, when he hit a barn door from a ‘botched’ free-kick. But the defence was finally breached when Bobbett converted a fine Huish pass and gave his team a well-deserved 1-0 lead going into half-time.

Minutes after the restart, Hill, in his first match since a foot operation, rose like a gazelle to nod home Barry’s second from an Averies cross before manager Blackie rang the changes. Rutherford, Marshall, Brown and Taylor had only been on the pitch moments before Murray made the game safe, finishing with aplomb after a fine run to take Barry to the top of the league with two matches to play.

In the Over 50s game, also at Jenner Park, Barry Town faced bottom of the table Mathern. It was good to see usual keeper Harding in the dugout after suffering a heart scare earlier in the week, but his replacement Niblett was untroubled in an underwhelming contest. Although the game lacked energy it was no surprise when Tommy Taylor gave the hosts the lead. ‘Glouton’ Dupuy finally scored after repeated efforts and Sullivan established a comfortable 3-0 lead on the hour. The game was postponed shortly afterwards however, when Town defender Paul ’Smiler’ Simms sustained a serious ankle injury in an innocuous challenge. Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

There was brighter news at the inaugural Over 60s international Tri-nations tournament in Northern Ireland, where no less than five Barry Town Vets made the starting line-up. Huish, Price, Staddon, Brown and captain Bobbett (all to the right of the photograph) performed well in a scoreless draw against the hosts, followed by a 2-2 draw against England. Northern Ireland lifted the trophy courtesy of their victory over England. 

Barry Town Over 60s face Llantrisant in a top of the table clash on March 8 at Ystrad. The O55s also face Llantrisant at Tonyrefail the following Sunday.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea 2-0 BARRY 55s (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s 1-2 Llantrisant

Feb 16  BARRY 55s 3-0 Newport

Feb 23  BARRY 50s 3-0 Mathern 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

May 10 BARRY 55s vs Newport / Jenner Park / TBC (CUP)

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United welcome Caernarfon Town to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

Storm Dennis caused havoc around the country last weekend, and led to our trip to Newtown being postponed, meaning Gavin Chesterfield’s side are in action today for the first time in two weeks. A fortnight ago, our first fixture of phase two saw Connah’s Quay Nomads walk away from Jenner Park with a 1-0 victory. Michael Wilde’s goal in the fourth minute was all that separated the two sides, as Barry were forced to play the final 50 minutes with ten men following Kayne McLaggon’s red card. The performance merited at least a point as Mo Touray, Chris Hugh and debutant David Cotterill all came close to scoring.  

Meanwhile, Caernarfon are still searching for their first points under new manager Huw Griffiths, who was appointed at the start of the month. His opening two games have ended in defeat as both Bala Town (2-1) and Connah’s Quay (4-0) have claimed victory over the Cofis, who are now on a run of seven games without a win in the league. They sit in sixth, one point behind fifth place Newtown and six behind Barry in fourth, having played a game more than both teams.  

Caernarfon became the first team to beat Barry in the league this season when they claimed a 4-1 victory at the Oval at the start of November. An injury-ravaged Barry side put up a good fight as Kayne McLaggon’s penalty cancelled out Darren Thomas’s opener, but second half goals from Gruffydd John and Nathan Craig, as well as a Curtis Watkins own goal, gave the Cofis the three points. It ended honours even in the most recent Jenner Park meeting between the two sides as a 0-0 draw was played out in September.

The last two weeks have seen both Keyon Reffell and Jack Compton return to training following their respective injuries, while long-term absentee Robbie Patten is also in contention for the matchday squad, having not featured for Barry since August. In addition, Kayne McLaggon’s red card against Connah’s Quay has been overturned, meaning he is eligible to play. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain on the sidelines.  

Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.

Barry Town United vs Connah’s Quay Nomads | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Phase two of the JD Cymru Premier begins this afternoon as Barry Town United host Connah’s Quay Nomads (kick-off 2:30pm).

Barry ended phase one with an emphatic 7-1 win over Carmarthen Town as Kayne McLaggon, Mo Touray, Luke Cooper, Jack Compton, Clayton Green and Evan Press all got on the score sheet at Jenner Park. Following results last night, we go into our first match of the Championship Conference four points behind Bala Town in third and five clear of Newtown in fifth.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile head into the final ten games of the season in second position, four points behind league leaders The New Saints. They fell to a 2-1 defeat to Scott Ruscoe’s side in the final game of phase one, despite going in front at Park Hall through Michael Wilde’s goal. The Nomads have been in cup action in the last couple of weeks, beating Afan Lido 8-0 in the Welsh Cup fourth round a fortnight ago before winning the Nathaniel MG Cup last Saturday with a 3-0 win over STM Sports.

Both games between Barry and Connah’s Quay so far this season have ended in victory for Andy Morrison’s side – 4-0 at Jenner Park in November and 2-0 at Deeside in early January. Gavin Chesterfield will look to last season for happier memories against today’s opponents, when Barry remained unbeaten in all four league meetings.

Kyle Patten and David Cotterill, who signed for the club on the penultimate day of the transfer window, are both in contention to make their debuts this afternoon. Meanwhile there’s good news for Robbie Patten and Keyon Reffell who are back in training after injury. Jack Compton has unfortunately picked up an injury in the mid-season break, and joins Callum Sainty and Troy Greening on the sidelines.

Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m expecting organisation, quality and experience from Connah’s Quay – everything you expect in a top team. That’s what the top six brings now. It’s relentless week in, week out and you have to show your mettle. So far this season we’ve had some frustrating encounters against them, so it’s important that we bounce back and give a good account of ourselves.”

Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.

Barry Town Vets Over 55s progress to cup final

Barry Over 55s, shorn of several key players, faced Swansea at a blustery Penyrheol Sports Centre, acutely aware that they would have to lose the game by four clear goals to allow their opponents to overtake them at the top of the Wales Veterans Over 55s Cup qualifying group and progress to the final.

In a scrappy opening period, exacerbated by the strong wind, Swansea looked the more dangerous, but Averies, M. Jones and Gibbins were defiant, and in fact neither keeper was tested. Agonisingly, on 15 minutes a rare blunder by Barry stopper J. Jones gifted the hosts a fortunate lead. Minutes later the keeper redeemed himself with a spectacular penalty save, when Staddon was penalised for a ‘gentle’ push as the hosts exerted pressure on the visitors goal.

This jolted Barry into a response and they too had a period of superiority, Jones and man-of-the-match Gibbins’s accurate cross-field passes were causing problems for the Swans defence and only a series of superb saves from Swansea gloveman Meecham, along with some imprecise finishing prevented the visitors from gaining parity going into the break.

During the interval stand-in manager Hill called for calmness and discipline, but five minutes after the restart a loose pass by Marshall was seized upon by the hard-working Swans midfield and they took an unlikely 2-0 lead. 

In a fiercely competitive last 30 minutes Barry lost shape and restraint, pouring forward in search of ‘redemption’, often at the expense of defensive responsibilities and subsequently rationale!  Although they created several gilt-edged chances, a more pragmatic approach would likely have borne more fruit.

Despite the result, Barry ultimately still progressed to the O55s cup final where they will face Newport on 10th May at Jenner Park.

This Friday several Barry Town Vets players will represent Wales at the over 60s Tri-nations tournament in Northern Ireland. We wish Messrs Bobbett, Huish, Price, Staddon and Brown all the best against the other home nations. Next Sunday Barry Town 50s host Llantrisant at Jenner Park, 11.30am KO.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea 2-0 BARRY 55s (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / Jenner Park / 11:30am

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

May 10 BARRY 55s vs Newport / Jenner Park / TBC (CUP)

George Ratcliffe returns to Cardiff City

Barry Town United can confirm that goalkeeper George Ratcliffe has returned to Cardiff City following his loan spell at Jenner Park.

George leaves Barry with everyone’s best wishes as he prepares to undergo knee surgery before focusing on his rehabilitation back at Cardiff.

Despite being just 19 years of age, George’s exceptional talent was clear throughout his time at the club, as he made 13 appearances and kept five clean sheets.

Best of luck George!

Barry Town United sign David Cotterill

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of former Welsh international David Cotterill subject to international clearance.

The 32-year-old arrives at the club with a wealth of experience, having made over 400 appearances in his professional career. This was largely spent in the top three divisions of the English league system – starting at Bristol City before going on to play for Wigan, Sheffield United, Swansea City, Portsmouth, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City. Cotterill then finished his career with a short spell at Indian Super League side ATK in 2018.

Capped by Wales at Under-19 and Under-21 level, the winger made his senior debut in 2005 and played 24 games for the national side, scoring two goals. He was also part of the 23-man squad at the 2016 European Championships.

Having completed the signing, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted to welcome David to the club. It’s a boost for all involved with our football club and supporters of Welsh football. This has been something we have talked about for a while but the timing now seems right.

“At only 32 years old, David has a lot to offer on the field and in the changing room. He has shown a desire to be a part of our club and play with Jordan. David started his football at Barry Bluebirds at the age of six and it is great to welcome him back to Barry at this stage of his career.”

Second successive 3-0 win for Barry Town Vets Over 60s

Barry Town Vets Over 60s

Barry Town Vets Over 60s stayed top of the Wales Veterans Over 60s league when they recorded their second 3-0 win in succession, comfortably defeating Merthyr Tydfil at Ystrad Mynach Centre for Sport on Sunday 27th January.

Barry completely dominated the first half, Huish and Price taking immediate control in the middle of the park and wide-men Staddon and Crothers charging down the flanks. Merthyr were put under intense pressure until, inevitably, AAA+ Bobbett, remarkably playing his second full match of the day, slotted home from close-in. Barry continued to pepper the visitors goal – Huish hit the post, Price went close and Bobbett along with his striking partner Morgan, having his best game in the yellow & blue, were denied only by the alert Merthyr gloveman.

However, it was only a matter of time until Barry extended their lead – courtesy of a fine right footed strike by Staddon. He repeated the feat minutes later, again, with the same ‘standing’ leg to take his team 3-0 up at the break. 

During the interval the tireless Morgan was replaced by 70 year old Town legend Batt, whilst Taylor was replaced by Eveleigh, who slotted into defence alongside Brown. Barry were more disordered in the second period, so although they still created opportunities to extend their lead, they also allowed Merthyr to attack on the break. However the visitors found Brown in imperious form and when Barry keeper Orpin was finally called into action he was up to the task, safely smothering a goal-bound effort and ensuring his team maintained their three goal buffer until the final whistle.

Earlier in the day the Over 50s travelled to Bridgend to face a high-flying Penybont team and came away with an excellent three points. Barry stuck to the back three formation which proved the turning point in their previous match with Sims, Averies and Murray (playing in-front of keeper Harding), given the tough task of keeping Penybont’s habitual handful Lewis quiet for 80 minutes!

This formation however, also allowed the midfield of Dupuy, Liligreen, Taylor, Sullivan and, orchestrator James, to dictate proceedings, enabling strikers Fredriksen and Bobbett to torment their adversaries and subsequently take a two goal lead into half time, courtesy of a crisp finish from Taylor and a pile-driver from the excellent Liligreen. 

During the break, stand-in managers Averies and Marshall called for much of the same in the second period, albeit this was under threat when Penybont pulled a goal back after a controversial penalty decision. Thankfully any nerves were immediately removed when Bobbett restored the two goal buffer with his usual dexterity. In a resolute team performance even the customary injuries did not impact unduly. Marshall entered to provide much needed calmness and Harding was colossal between the sticks, making one brilliant save to deny the home side a share of the spoils.

This Sunday Barry Town Over 55s travel to Swansea in the knowledge that a draw against their main rivals would be sufficient to see them advance to the semi-final of the Wales Veterans Over 55s Cup. 

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / Llandarcy Sports / 2pm (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

Kyle Patten signs for Barry Town United

We’re keeping it in the family this transfer window, as Barry Town United are delighted to confirm the signing of Kyle Patten.

Kyle, the brother of current Barry midfielder Robbie, joins the club from Southern League side Merthyr Town, where he has spent the last five years.

Patten played in both the Cardiff City and Newport County academies, signing a professional deal with the Exiles in September 2014. In the same month, he headed out on to Bath City on loan.

Another loan spell to Merthyr would follow in January 2015, before his Football League debut for Newport came as a substitute against Dagenham & Redbridge three months later. That summer, Patten midfielder joined Merthyr on a permanent deal.

Now the 25-year-old makes the switch to Jenner Park having scored in his final game for the Martyrs on Tuesday night against Hayes & Yeading.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Kyle is a versatile player who can play in both defence and midfield. He comes with a good pedigree and background both with Cardiff and Newport. He has shown a real desire to want to play for our football club and I’m delighted to have him with us.”